The Vienna Convention and Mexicans Charged With First Degree Murder

Maria Luna-Duarte, Northeastern Illinois University

Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations is the Supermen Law of the Land under Article VI of the United States Constitution which states that Treaties and Agreements between foreign governments shall be recognized by the United States (Adler, Mueller, Laufer. p. 451). The Violation of this right causes a great deal of problems for foreign nationals that are interrogated and sign a confession declaring their culpability in a crime that they might not have committed, but because they are not notified by the local authorities that they have the right to contact their Consulate there are not aware of what rights they are waiving when they sign the confession.

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Updated 05/20/2006